Federal Judge Tosses Out Jobs-Reporting Lawsuit Against Cooley Law School
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. (July 20, 2012) – United States District Judge Gordon Quist dismissed a class action lawsuit against Thomas M. Cooley Law School today. The lawsuit filed by graduates of the school alleged they were misled by Cooley’s post-graduate employment reports.
Judge Quist granted a motion to dismiss the case that Cooley had filed in November 2011. The lawsuit filed by 12 former Cooley students alleged that Cooley’s post-graduate employment reports led them to believe they would have an easier time finding legal employment after graduation than they did. The judge ruled that the 12 students failed to establish any legal grounds supporting their claim that Cooley’s post-graduate employment reports were fraudulent or misleading. For purposes of deciding the motion, the judge was required to assume that all of plaintiffs’ allegations in the complaint -- many of which he noted in his opinion -- were true. But the court’s ruling makes no finding that those allegations were in fact true.
"We’re obviously pleased with this decision," said Don LeDuc, Cooley’s president and dean. "We are committed to graduating law students who are ready to practice law, and their success in a tough job market is our success too. We have always been in compliance with American Bar Association and National Association for Law Placement employment reporting standards."
Cooley’s legal defense team included Brad Sysol, a 1999 cum laude graduate of Cooley Law School and a principal in the firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone.
About Cooley Law School: Founded in 1972, the Thomas M. Cooley Law School is a private, nonprofit, independent law school accredited by the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission. Cooley has provided its more than 16,000 graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world. Cooley offers its Juris Doctor program, Joint Degree programs, and Master of Laws programs three times a year with enrollment in January, May and September. Cooley Law School has campuses across Michigan in Lansing, Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, and its new campus in Tampa Bay, Florida.